Skunk-Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is indigenous to the northern United States. It is a medium-sized perennial plant with small purple flowers. the seeds, rhizome, and roots can all be used medicinally. Skunk-Cabbage contains a variety of constituents, including an acrid principle, unspecified alkaloids, essential oil, fatty oil, phenolic compounds, and tannins. The root contains calcium oxalate; the leaves contain n-hydroxytryptamine. Skunk-Cabbage has been used for antispasmodic, expectorant, and sedative activities. It is a remedy for broncitis, cough, headache, rheumatism, skin sores, swelling, toothache, and wounds. It is used as a gastrointestinal stimulant.
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Cautions Orally, large amounts of skunk cabbage are reported to cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and vertigo.